Netflix's new prequel to The Dark Crystal is stunning in every sense.
Many claim the detailed, imaginative Middle-Earth is why Tolkien's books are popular, but the faith his characters display is what makes "The Lord of the Rings" phenomenal.
SPOILER ALERT: You've read all the Harry Potter books or seen all the movies, right? If not, you may learn something here you didn't know. You've been warned. While J. K. Rowling gave him a great secret and Alan Rickman made him someone we loved to watch, I cannot admire Severus Snape. In the books,... Continue Reading →
As a long-time Tolkien fan, I have strong opinions about Peter Jackson's movies about Middle Earth. Because I love the books so much, it's easy to see every deviation from the books as a flaw. But Jackson did make at least one change to the story that was for the better. His ending to The... Continue Reading →
I've written before about my belief that fantasy stories are not fluff but important literature, teaching us life lessons as they entertain us. The same holds true for fairy tales, especially the classic ones that have been around for centuries. Take Rapunzel, the story of the long-haired girl in the tower. While this story is... Continue Reading →
Listening to the last episode of Binge Mode: Harry Potter got me thinking. The question I have been mulling over: Who is your favorite character in the series (besides Harry, Ron, or Hermione)? There are plenty of interesting people to choose from, but there's no question in my mind: Remus Lupin wins hands down. SPOILER... Continue Reading →
Writers, dancers, painters, and musicians all have something to teach us about how create. That's why I read my way through The History of Middle-Earth: Volumes 6 - 9. These books are about how J.R.R. Tolkien wrote his masterpiece Lord of the Rings. They try their best to show when and how he came up... Continue Reading →